Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week, I'm going to share with you the latest book in one of my favorite kids' series -- the Frankie Pickle series by Eric Wight (he also happens to be one of my very favorite writers too!)
Our entire family has anxiously been awaiting Eric Wight's new Frankie Pickle book FRANKIE PICKLE AND THE MATHEMATICAL MENACE. Booking Daughter was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the book last fall during the 2010 Lititz Kidlit Festival when Eric brought the sketches to the author's dinner. She immediately grabbed them and read the book in its entirety. She was so excited (and felt so special!) that I thought she was going to faint right there.
For those of you not familiar with the Frankie Pickle books, you are certainly missing out. These graphic novels are aimed at kids in Grades 2 through 5, and I'm pretty sure that even reluctant readers will be entertained by Frankie and his antics. All of these books have terrific illustrations, great storylines, and valuable messages. Quite honestly, they are just about perfect (in my opinion!)
In FRANKIE PICKLE AND THE MATHEMATICAL MENACE, Frankie finds that he doesn't exactly have an affinity for math. When Frankie zones out on a math quiz and head to the fantasy world of Arithmecca, he ends up failing the quiz. Fortunately, his teacher gives him another chance, but Frankie has to face his fears and work hard to defeat "The Mathematical Menace!"
Big surprise here, but I loved this book! I just adore Frankie and his amazing imagination and I thought this book really showcased just how creative Frankie is. The illustrations were top-notch and especially cute as they featured Frankie battling characters made from numbers. Booking Son let me read the entire book to him in one sitting and he liked it a lot although he didn't really understand why Frankie didn't like math. (Right now, math comes pretty easy to Booking Son and he can't fathom why it isn't like that for everyone!)
As cute as the story was, I loved the important messages. For example, Frankie learned that math is important and we all use it in our normal, everyday lives. He also learned that he doesn't have to be afraid of something that he's not exactly comfortable with. In addition, Frankie was given a second chance to take the quiz, and he took full advantage of that opportunity. Frankie worked hard and studied over a weekend, and he definitely wanted to do well on his quiz. And finally, Frankie learned that math/school work can be fun!
I also want to give a shout-out to the adults in FRANKIE PICKLE AND THE MATHEMATICAL MENACE. Both Frankie's teacher and his parents handled Frankie and his fears extremely well. Next time my kids are facing a challenge, I just might have to read this book again so I can keep it all in perspective!
In case you don't know it, Eric Wight is just an amazing guy and Booking Son and I are HUGE fans of his! In fact, we have met Eric a number of times and Booking Son is lucky enough to have an "original" Eric Wight in his bedroom. Eric does lots of school visits where he shows kids how to draw his characters. Here's a little peek for the rest of you. Make sure you watch until the end because I absolutely adore how he draws Frankie's sidekick Argyle.
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